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It’s rare that we get to connect with other educators outside of our staff rooms, schools, and districts. Concordia University-Portland believes in the power of community, in valuing educators’ voices and expertise, celebrating our hard work, and helping each other and our communities advance. That’s why we helped our Houston-based MEd and EdD students and… Read More

Mindfulness Training Tips for Teachers

By Concordia Faculty April 4, 2018

You already have a host of mindfulness activities for the classroom in your toolkit, but what about tips for helping you—the educator—be more present in the moment? Have you ever tried to meditate, or practice mindfulness yourself? To learn what it takes (and how to do it), we talked with two mindfulness pros over at… Read More

Health Tips for Teachers, by Teachers

By The Room 241 Team March 22, 2018

We all know it’s important to live a healthy, balanced life, but what does that actually look like day-to-day as a teacher? Since March is National Nutrition Month, we asked some of Concordia’s MEd and EdD students and alums to share health tips that work for them in and out of their classrooms. Plan ahead… Read More

Schools may still have desks and students may still have notebooks, but a lot has changed in classrooms over the last 50 years! With “innovation” being a word we take very seriously here at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, we decided to take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More

This week, March 5-9, is National School Breakfast Week. As teachers, we often tell our students that breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day. But… raise your hand if you sometimes skip it yourself. We wake up super early, gather our things, and head to school for long days of teaching—it’s… Read More

Educator Wellness: Self-Care in a Selfless Field

By Dr. Lilla Dale McManis January 16, 2018

If you fly with any regularity, you’re likely very familiar with the flight attendant’s instructions to place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting children. The reason, of course, is that you can’t do a very good job if you don’t take care of yourself first. Particularly in challenging situations, this is absolutely vital. Teaching… Read More

The holidays are over and school is back in session in a matter of days. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and to plan for the year ahead—new year, new you, right? Here are some attainable New Year’s resolutions nearly every teacher can appreciate, as told through gifs. What will your resolution… Read More

Q&A with Concordia EdD Student, Anthony Williams

By The Room 241 Team December 26, 2017

“We work for all people but specifically target individuals from low-income, minority backgrounds, or those that are exceptional learners to help bring equity of access to STEAM education.” That’s the mission set forth by BEACON House, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Hagerstown, MD that seeks to bring STEAM education to both children and adults…. Read More

Between grading papers, lesson planning, and that extra-special energy students are buzzing with, it’s super difficult for teachers to actually unplug—but it’s so important that we do. Here’s why, followed by tips that will do dedicated educators a lot of good. Remember, self-care is truly an act of kindness to yourself! Why it matters—how stress… Read More

How to Thank a Teacher (When You’re a Teacher, Too)

By The Room 241 Team November 23, 2017

November is the perfect time to say thanks, but it’s more than gathering around a table with your family and loved ones. Think about the teachers in your life—the ones educating tomorrow’s leaders, inspiring everyone around them, and being there for their students 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, and 366 days a… Read More

The Easiest Exercises To Do Right At Your Desk

By The Room 241 Team October 24, 2017

Running on a treadmill or going to a spin class might be the last thing you feel like doing after a long work day. Before and after the bell rings, you’re grading papers, meeting with students, planning, and more. You’re constantly putting your own life on hold so you can be there for your students day… Read More

Virtual Applause Part 2: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 17, 2017

Small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection make a difference in the classroom. In this blog series, Virtual Applause, we recognize teachers across the country who make an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging with their students, and finding opportunities to connect education to the world outside the classroom. Every state and… Read More

An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 5, 2017

Dear teachers everywhere, You have the most exciting, fulfilling, exhausting, overwhelming, incredible job that exists today. That’s a bold statement, yes. But you do. When you’re in the classroom, you put everything going on in your own life on hold so that you can be present, so that you can nurture the minds and hearts… Read More

How Teachers Feel About Punctuation (In Gifs)

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team September 24, 2017

In honor of National Punctuation Day, spend a minute relating with other educators and have a laugh over these oh-so-common punctuation situations you’ve no doubt experienced. When a student turns in a paper full of appropriately used commas: When you read a news article online and they used its instead of it’s: When your colleague… Read More

"The Biggest Lesson a Teacher Ever Taught Me…"

By Concordia's Enrollment Team September 22, 2017

Among the many reasons why all of us on Concordia’s enrollment team do what we do, there’s this: we respect teachers. We know that the countless lessons they impart throughout their careers don’t fade over time, but instead can grow stronger and more meaningful as life goes on. Of course, as the days fly by,… Read More